Preparing for Sunday, November 19, 2023

Worship Sunday

9:30 a.m. Open Door in Hickey Hall · 11 a.m. Sanctuary

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Church Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

United Women in Faith

That Takes the Cake Sale

Sunday, November 19

9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in Narthex (cart in Hickey Hall)

Homemade coffee cakes and other treats will be for sale with proceeds supporting UWF missions locally and around the world. Drop off coffee cakes Saturday, November 18 between 12 - 2 p.m. in the Narthex. Please call Jane Chamberlain at 586-323-2537 to sign up as a baker. Items must be individually wrapped for sale.

Handmade Treasures items will also be available for purchase.

We NEED your help!

Deck the Halls

Sunday, November 19

12 p.m. Stay for Lunch, Decorate Church

Join us in decorating St. Paul's for the Advent season. We will gather for a light lunch after the 11 a.m. service. Afterward, we will set u and decorate trees throughout the church. If you have questions, please contact Amy Schultz.

Christmas Baskets

Donations Needed

St. Paul’s and our partners at Neighborhood House will help over 100 families in need giving them Hollywood Market gift certificates to make their Christmas a little brighter. To make a donation, please write “Christmas Baskets” on the envelope and on the memo line of your check made out to St. Paul’s UMC or donate online.

Employment Opportunities

Music Department Admin, Sunday Night Custodian

See more information about current employment opportunities at St. Paul's.

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Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m. Open Door in Hickey Hall · 11 a.m. Sanctuary

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Humility Isn't Just for the Meek

This Sunday is our final week with the Micah text which draws our attention to humility before God. We are invited to hear the Good News: God's invitation to be humble does not assume submissive meekness. Rather, we are invited to consider an attitude of spiritual modesty as we consider our place in the great scheme of life. 

Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez

Vesper Service Thursday

Thursday at 7 p.m. on Facebook

Unwind, relax, reflect, and connect with God.

God Appointments

Does a meeting with God ever show up on your calendar? Young Samuel had an appointment with God, but didn’t know it. In fact, he missed the appointment twice. Does God show up in your life, an appointment, so to speak? How do you know it’s God? What does it mean when you connect with the appointment with God, and how does it affect your life? Consider how you can recognize more God appointments and respond to them with trust.

Vespers at

Rev. Rick Kress

Prayer List

The following prayer requests have been received by our church. Please contact the office at 248-651-9361 with your prayer requests.

Healing & Comfort

Rev. Dwayne Kelsey, Diane McElreath, David Beerer Sr., Marla & Ron Stoneham - parents of Kaye Thornton, Kathy Lange - cousin of Jane Lucisano, Marino DeFelice, David Heflin - son of Larry and Donna Heflin, Kathy Pardon, Jean Snyder, Art Carlson, Monika Arentzen


SPARK Book Group

Thursday, November 16; 1:30 a.m. in the Parlor

Join us as we discuss Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Contact Linda Burnard at 248-765-5511 for more information.

UWF Book Club

Thursday, November 16; 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Room 132

Join us as we discuss Who Can We Be Together? A Biblical Exploration of Luke 13 by Candace Simpson and also 30 Days with E. Stanley Jones by John E Harnish. 

Contact Pastor April for more information.

Just Older Youth

Tuesday, November 21; 12 p.m. in Hickey Hall

Everyone 60+ is "just older youth", so please join us as we write notes to the members of St. Paul's who are on our Stay in Touch list. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee, water and dessert will be provided.

Advent Series in the Open Door

Beginning November 26

Get a preview of the Advent series for the Open Door service which begins November 26. It can be viewed on our YouTube page. Play preview

Blood Drive

Monday, November 27; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Hickey Hall

The need for blood is great all year long. Schedule an appointment by calling Bill Molloy at 248-892-1705 or go to and enter sponsor code ‘stpaulunited’.

The United Women of Faith Book Club presents

Book Reading and Signing

Monday, November 27; 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Rickard Chapel

Meet with authors Laura Schmidt and Aimee Lewis Reau of How to Live in a Chaotic Climate: 10 Steps to Reconnect with Ourselves, our Communities, and Our Planet and have your book signed. See more

A Study of the Nativity Stories in Matthew & Luke

Christmas in the Bible

Monday, November 27 & December 4

6:30 – 8 p.m. in Room 132

Only two books in the Bible mention the birth of Jesus. Rev. Rick Kress leads an interactive Bible study will help us encounter those accounts, found in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2, two similar but also different versions of the story. Bring your Bible and be ready to consider Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, wise men, and more as they are described in the biblical text.

Advent Study

An Unlikely Advent

Tuesdays, November 28 - December 19

6 p.m. in the Parlor

Explore the stories of some of the extraordinary people of the Christmas story. We’ll reflect on people like Zechariah, Elizabeth, Herod, the magi, and even the shepherds. See more

Cass Community Social Services

Rochester Holiday Breakfast

Sunday, December 3

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel

Hear about the good work of Cass from Executive Director Rev. Faith Fowler while supporting this important Detroit-based non-profit. Tickets are $50 per adult and $20 per child (12 and under). Tickets can be purchased by contacting Lola Rushin at 313-883-2277, ext. 225, or email for additional information. Tickets for the Family Life Class are being coordinated by Camille Doerr.

Health Ministry Team has provided the following important information:

Nutrition Tips in November

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Contact your pastors:

Rev. Elbert Dulworth - [email protected]

Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez -[email protected]

Rev. Judy May - [email protected] 

Rev. Rick Kress - [email protected]


Church Office               248-651-9361 


Dr. Timothy R. Hickey  Pastor Emeritus